- This article is about the large trolls also known as berserkers. For the enraged melee warriors, see Berserker. For missiles-throwing trolls, see Troll berserker. For mutated orcs sometimes called berserkers, see Dire orc.
A small number of trolls are strikingly larger and more heavily muscled than the rest of their brethren, though there is no racial distinction between them and the rest of the troll race. A variety of reasons might be behind this unusual size and musculature. For example, they might have been altered alchemically or magically, or they might also simply have been born larger than average. Regardless of the day-to-day prejudices that these trolls must contend with from other races, dire trolls are not regarded as monstrous by other trolls. Zandalari troll children often catch a ride upon the backs of dire troll children.
Among the military of Zandalar are the elite dire trolls. These trolls are warriors who have perfected their arts, traded portions of their lives for the dark gift of brutal strength, and serve Zandalar as her greatest weapons of war. Long ago it was decided that the Zandalari dire trolls should always have a seat on the Zanchuli Council, to ensure that those specials needs of the elite warriors were met by the government, and to provide the wisdom of war to those councilors who may seldom see a battlefront. Dire trolls are short lived.
Notes & trivia
- Many dire trolls have eyebrows, a trait not often seen in trolls.
- and are two dire troll children found in Zuldazar.
- Prior to patch 5.2.0, dire trolls used the same skeleton and animations as wights. After patch 5.2, they instead use a more upright and fluid animation skeleton, which is also used by Draenic dire orcs.
- Dire trolls may be an adaptation of the the original idea of the troll berserker, which were originally trolls altered by goblin alchemists to become nearly unstoppable in battle.
- During the Gurubashi War, used the forbidden blood magic of — a trick he had learned from his father — to transform a few Gurubashi trolls into hulking berserkers possessed of otherwordly strength. These mutated giants climbed the walls of Stormwind City and proceeded to rip its soldiers to pieces.
- In Zul'Drak, the Scourge attempted to create dire trolls known as "Blightblood Trolls" by infusing Drakkari ice trolls with crystallized blight, but their efforts were stopped by adventurers.
- Some trolls appear capable of turning into a dire troll at will, such as and the Gurubashi Berserkers at the Throne of Thunder.
, a dire forest troll using the Mists of Pandaria animation set.
Concept art for a dire Zandalari troll.
- Patch 8.0.1 (NYI): Model updated.
- Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Dire trolls now use a more upright skeleton with a new set of animations.